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Dead Simple (Roy Grace 1)

Dead Simple (Roy Grace 1) [Kindle Edition]

Peter James
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A terrific tale of greed, seduction and betrayal (Daily Telegraph)

Ingenious plotting, high suspense and tight writing (Daily Mail)

A very impressive crime thriller series debut (Eurocrime)


"'James has got the gift for turning mind-stretching subjects into novels that are irresistibly readable as well as utterly believable' Robert Goddard"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 614 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (9 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330434195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330434195
  • ASIN: B003GK21VW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (669 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Peter James was educated at Charterhouse and then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screen writer and film producer, before returning to England. His multiple award-winning, Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling novels have been translated into thirty-three languages. His writings reflect his deep interest in medicine, science and the world of the police. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He also co-created the hit Channel 4 series Bedsitcom, which was nominated for a Rose d'Or. Peter James won the Krimi-Blitz 2005 Crime Writer of the Year Award in Germany, and Dead Simple won both the 2006 Prix Polar International award and the 2007 Prix Cœur Noir award in France. Looking Good Dead was shortlisted for the 2007 Richard and Judy Crime Thriller of the Year award, and has been shortlisted for both France's SNCF award and Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policère. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill in London and Sussex.

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153 of 161 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great page turner, americanised style 13 Mar 2006
This is the first time I've read Peter James and picked it up after hearing it reviewed positively on Simon Mayo's show. It really is a page turner! The chapters are very to fairly short which makes it a great book for people like me who have a 25 minute train commute - you can usually time the finishing of the chapters just right for your stop.
The book involves a stag night prank of burying a mate in a coffin. If if this seems somewhat unlikely, James does get away with explaining the history that leads to this event, making it plausible enough to stick with it. When the perpetrators are killed in a van crash our man is trapped in the coffin with only one person in the world knowing where he is; and that person has most to gain by him staying lost (trust me I give nothing away, we're only up to page 40 or 50 here!). Therein hangs the first of many twists; there are several, yet somehow they are nearly all credible within the confines of this tale. And speaking of confines, some of the coffin scenes really are claustrophobic to read.
The slight downsides then. As has been referenced elsewhere the author I believe has been a scriptwriter in the States and at times there is an americanisation to the story that grates ever so slightly, including the use of american type terminology that wouldn't naturally be used here. Stylistically it has more of an american feel than say a traditional English crime fiction feel about it. I don't say that this is bad, by the way, but just be aware that PD James it ain't (and that may well be a good thing for some of you)! The ending is also a little rushed and slightly patly contrived, but by then you've rattled along with the book at such a pace that you forgive this minor(ish) transgression.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 24 Jan 2011
I came on the sixth and latest book in this series, by chance and was hooked. I decided to start at the begining and read all the other books in this series in order. I was not let down. This first book is every bit as fantastic. If you enjoy a first class, rapidly paced, well researched English police detective tale, with a bit of a contiuing back story on the main police characters, this one is for you. I'm determined to find some time to read the others.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter James 'Dead Simple' 26 Mar 2012
By garcia
Format:Kindle Edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this addictive compulsively enjoyable page turner.
Criticism's of James' style and language pale through a well written, well crafted and highly recommendable thriller.
Am now off to read more, the best reccomendation
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I started reading the novels of Peter James last year and found that just by the down-to-earth well written stories with the confident understanding of characters, he has taken me at times to such a state of suspense that I just couldn't stop reading them, it is no wonder that he has become one of Britain's best-loved crime writers.

All his stories are located in Brighton, just an hour's train ride from London, and over the sequence of his novels, Peter James is establishing himself to be as skilful a story-weaver as G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, and Elmore Leonard.

His central character is the resolute police officer Roy Grace who I find to be quite unorthodox and a very likeable character.

It took me just one day to read this book; I just could not put it down it was so gripping and the fact that the story is set in and around Brighton made it that little bit more special British if you like.

"Dead Simple" is fast and thrilling a real rollercoaster of a book full of twists and turns sometimes a bit mind-boggling but the story has hold of you right up to the end.

You can tell that Peter James has researched his subjects well and I got the feeling that he has spent some time with members of the Sussex police force it would be interesting to see if he has based the character of Roy Grace on a few of that police force?

If you haven't already discovered the thrill of reading the Roy Grace series, this is a list of the order:
Dead Simple (2005)
Looking Good Dead (2006)
Not Dead Enough (2007)
Dead Man's Footsteps (2008)
Dead Tomorrow (2009)
Dead Like You (2010).
While it's not essential to read them in sequence, it does mean you can follow the development of Grace's personal story.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Simple 18 Jan 2007
I bought this book specifically for holiday and am glad i did - although it gripped me very early on and i read it in no time at all. I found the plot very good and didnt guess the "bad guy" at all which for me is quite unusual and very enjoyable. I would defintely recommend it and am now trying to decide which Peter James book to read next!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can I bear to finish it? 16 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I will start by saying that up to Dead Simple, I have thoroughly enjoyed Peter James's books - going so far as to have read 7 in the last 9 months. I have particularly enjoyed the Roy Grace series although I have unintentionally read them out of sequence.

So I was excited at starting Dead Simple. But halfway through I am wondering whether to even continue. To me, there are so many implausible aspects to the basic story that this is totally distracting me from enjoying the book. I accept that I may be wrong, because PJ clearly researches his topics very well, but I will highlight just a few of the things that bother me. I hope this doesn't spoil the story for anyone but, given that the book is not a new release, I am assuming that most people reading this review will have already read the book and are curious to see what others thought.

(1) The breathing tube and hole in the coffin are only the thickness of a drinking straw. How could this possibly not only provide enough air for all the days Michael is underground, but also combat the effects of his breathed out carbon dioxide?
(2) The grave was 6 feet deep, and the friends heaped 2 feet of earth onto it before covering the hole with corrugated iron - if we count a foot or so for the coffin this left about a 3 foot 'space' of air in the grave with no ability for fresh air to enter. How long, realistically, would that small amount of air lasted?
(3) It was 2 days before the police started to take the 'missing person' report seriously. Yet here we have 5 friends out on a stag night, going from pub to pub, 4 of them end up dead in a fatal smash and the groom is missing.
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